March 23, 2019
It’s one of the methods used by herbalists and plant medicine specialists to know what a specific plant remedies. Looking at the shape + texture of the flowers, leaves, fruit and whole plant, you are able to discern indicators as to what part of the body it will most benefit!
In food it’s quite simple to see how this plays out:
Scientists say that if a woman eats one avocado each week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight and prevents cervical cancers. And - it takes an avocado 9 months to grow!
In herbal medicine the Doctrine of Signatures was used to identify benefits of plants as well.
In flower essences you can see a similar trend:
The original advocate of the Doctrine of Signatures was a Swiss physician and medical professor by the name of Paracelsus. According to him, “Nature marks each growth according to its curative benefit.”
Paracelsus was the same doctor that prescribed his patients dewdrops. When his patients experienced stress or emotional difficulties, he asked them to seek out specific flowers and drink the dew from the top of the flower. This was the old way of gathering flower essences - lucky we’ve developed more accessible methods since then! ; )
Love + flower petals,